Trick-or-treaters invited to Halloween-themed market
Thursday, Oct 12, 2017 06:00 am
Attendees of the inaugural Spooky Halloween Market, hosted by Heart of the Community Airdrie Markets Oct. 21, are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit and bust out their best costumes.
The event will be held at Daybreak Community Church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 20-plus vendors will have candy for little ones to trick-or-treat.
Tamara Hilpz, event co-ordinator, said she formed Heart of the Community Airdrie Markets in November 2016 and has been hosting festive markets ever since.
“I have my own sewing business as well, so I was trying to figure out how I could work going to markets with my three kids and my family. Then I thought, ‘well, why not just do my own? Then I can schedule it whenever I want,’” she said. “I did the Christmas market and then I was like, ‘OK, this is kind of fun,’ so it just kind of spiraled into me doing it every three to four months.”
She said it was a slow start but the markets are finally gaining popularity and she recently switched venues to accommodate for more space. Previous markets were held at the Ramada Airdrie Hotel and Suites. The Spooky Halloween Market is the first of Hilpz’s market being held at Daybreak Community Church.
“I switched locations so I can incorporate more family-orientated events,” she said, adding a bouncy castle will be set up at the market for the little ghouls and goblins to burn off some of the candy-induced energy.
A photo booth and props will also be available for attendees and kids can get their faces painted. Market attendees will also be entered into a draw to win a fall-themed basket.
Vendors will be selling a variety of products and some will be geared toward the Halloween theme, Hilpz said.
Vendors signed up for the event include representatives from businesses such as Scentsy and Pampered Chef, as well as health food and soap companies, photography and vendors with homemade products such as crocheted items.
“My goal is to just help small businesses in Airdrie show people in Airdrie what Airdrie has to offer besides the big box stores,” Hilpz said.
She said she would like to eventually turn the markets into fundraisers for Airdrie non-profit organizations.
“Growing up here, Airdrie has helped me and my family a lot, so I really like helping people,” she said. “My goal is to eventually, hopefully, once I get more known, is to start having people donate money for fundraisers.”
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